‘Stanze di Raffaello II, Roma’ is one of the most crowded of Struth’s museum photographs. The dynamic group of individuals packed into the Stanza della Segnatura – reading about, discussing and looking at Raphael’s murals – show engagement in what they are doing. Their pointing hands and turning heads are anchored by the dramatic features of the face of a boy in the middle of the group. The light streaming in through the unshuttered windows in the centre of this work is a critical part of the composition, as it is with Struth’s ‘Chiesa dei Frari ‘1995, where light is evident through all the windows, but most especially from the left where it illuminates the elegant architecture and washes over the small group of visitors in the middle admiring Titian’s altarpiece. The upward sweep in ‘Chiesa dei Frari’ works in a similar way to the vortex in ‘Stanze di Raffaello II, Roma’.
type C photograph
125.0 x 173.0 cm image; 171.0 x 217.0 cm sheet; 175.0 x 221.0 x 5.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed label l.r. verso, pencil "Thomas Struth". Not dated.
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Thomas Struth
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Thomas Struth, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan, 27 Jan 1993–31 Mar 1993
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003
Referenced in 8 publications
Hans Belting, Thomas Struth: museum photographs, 1993, 61 (colour illus.).
Daniel Birmbaum, Artforum, 'Paradise Reframed: Thomas Struth in Retrospect', pg.143-149, May 2002, 148 (colour illus.).
Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 19 (colour illus.), 61. illustration is an installation view
Michael Fried, Why photography matters as art as never before, 'Thomas Struth’s museum photographs', pg.115-147, 2008, 132 (colour illus.).
James Lingwood, Parkett 50/51, 'Open vision', pg.137-141, Zurich, 1997, 140 (colour illus.).
Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Thomas Struth: 1977-2002, New Haven, 2002, (colour illus.).
Thomas Struth, Thomas Struth: Strangers and Friends, photographs 1986-1992, 1994, (colour illus.).
Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 228, 230-31 (colour illus.).